SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Garden. Michael Joseph. 1946.
8vo. Original cloth and wrapper; pp. 135; slight chipping to corners of price-clipped wrapper, very good. Provenance: front pastedown with bookplate of David Hinge, Honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral, architectural writer and bibliophile.
First trade edition. The author's celebrated poem on gardening was begun in 1926 but not completed until 1946 when it was published to huge acclaim, winning the Heinemann prize. She promptly spent the £100 prize money on azaleas. The poem follows the seasons and reflects upon English land and gardening in general, though parts refer unmistakeably to her own garden at Sissinghurst in Kent.